PK Spoils Season Opener
Sept. 2, 2005
MADISON, Wisc. - Wisconsin needed a penalty kick goal in the 86th to rally past UNLV for a 2-1 victory in the second game of the Wisconsin Big Toe Men's Soccer Invitational on Friday afternoon from the McClimon Memorial Track/Soccer Complex. It was the season opener for both teams.
The Rebels got on the scoreboard first, as senior midfielder Rod Dyachenko scored on an assist from Deshawn Woolery for a 1-0 UNLV lead at 14:09. The lead remained in UNLV's favor, despite Wisconsin holding a 10-4 edge on shots in the first 45 minutes.
Wisconsin would tie the game in the 70th minute when Zack Lambo's corner kick was headed into the goal by Aaron Hohlbein. Hohlbein would then score the game-winner in the 86th minute, after Victor Diaz was taken down in the goalie box and the Badgers were awarded a penalty kick. Hohlbein sent the penalty shot to the right corner for a 2-1 lead for the home team, and they held off several UNLV shots in the final minutes for the win.
"I thought we played well at times, I think they left everything out on the field, which is what we asked them to do and now it's just a matter of trying to piece it together," said UNLV head coach Barry Barto. "Hopefully we'll improve on Sunday, but I'm really happy with the effort today."
UNLV was outshot 17-7, and was called for 23 fouls to 18 for the Badgers. In addition, four Rebel players received a yellow card, while Forrest Smith was sent off with a red card in the final two minutes.
Peter Clitheroe finished the game with four saves and two goals allowed, while Badger keeper Jake Settle posted three saves and one goal allowed.
UNLV continues play in the Big Toe Invitational on Sunday against Wisconsin-Milwaukee, who tied Drake 3-3 in double-overtime in the first game of the tournament on Friday.
"UW-Milwaukee is a very good team, they are very organized and difficult to break down," said Barto. "I don't think it will be as wide open as this game was tonight. I thought this game was pretty wide open, a lot of chances. I think it will be a little bit more controlled and it should be a much slower-paced game than this was".